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Then I went to see "Man of Steel" and saw a trailer for the movie and I was excited beyond belief. Finally!
Then thee movie came out and I saw the critical reviews absolutely panning the movie. 4% on the Tomatometer. I was crushed. The movie I'd waited so long for was, it seemed, being deemed one of the worst movies of the year, if not ever.
As I read more and more reviews, I decided to cast aside my feelings about the book and decided to go see the movie thinking it would be fun to watch such a disaster. Perhaps it would give me something fun to laugh at and tell my co-workers how absolutely bad the movie had been.
Ever go into a movie with such high hopes that they get crushed? Consider this one the opposite effect. I went in with such low expectations that the movie was able to rise above it.
Yes, there were some plot holes (the fact that Adam's corporate credit card was not cancelled is one multiple critics have cited) and it is pretty by the numbers. Even as far as suspense thrillers go, it's not up there as a great one. They even changed a great deal from the book. But the movie is nowhere near as bad as critics have been making out to be. It's actually a pretty decent flick. Definitely worth wasting away my Sunday night with.
It's definitely not a movie that commands to be seen in theaters on a big screen, so waiting for this one on DVD may be the path to take if you have reservations about it. Don't go into it expecting a masterpiece, but also don't expect the turkey that the reviews have made it into.
Couple of comments: first, the movie takes quite a bit of time to set up all the necessary elements to provide us with a thriller in the corporate world, and that is quite alright, as long as we get the proper pay-off. Unfortunately, the movie never fully delivers on the promise, as it turns out the plot and intrigue is rather thin. Second, I believe this movie is mistitled (although I fully realize that the movie is based on the book of the same name by Joseph Finder), as there is very little 'paranoia' to be found in the movie. Third, the movie is somewhat rescued by the fine performances of the two CEOs, played by Oldman and Ford. I particularly liked Harrison's look (with the shaved head). There is also a small role for Richard Dreyfuss as Adam's dad that is worth noting.Read more ›
Long story short, I really enjoyed it. Is it some major action movie blockbuster that has potential to take over the world and every action loving fan with it? No. And that is where I think a lot of the poor reviews are coming from. It isn't a movie that is completely going to blow your mind.
Is it entertaining? Pretty good cast? A cohesive flow? Understandable? Pretty good acting? A decent amount of action? And interesting story? Yes to all of the above.
I especially liked the story. Has it been done before? Yes. But it was entertaining enough to keep my focus glued to the TV, so that's what counts. Sometimes I felt like there could have been a little more emotion - or perhaps a different emotion shown. But I didn't think it to be one of those movies where the potential was completely lost because of poor acting.
Overall, if you're looking for a decent movie with a little bit of hit and run thrill, you might be pleased with this.
Adam finds himself caught between the proverbial rock and hard place as he is trapped by slick gadgetry, which unlike anything I have seen, never has a glitch. He has no choice but to use what he has learned to fight back as he wants out.
The film uses technology that is available today, hacking, GPS, facial recognition software, etc to modernize an old twisty script. How well you enjoy this film might be determined by age, gender and love of electronic gadgets.
A drama thriller that might be worth a rental.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No nudity. Chick Flick style sex scene.
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WHEN WE RECEIVED THIS MOVIE, IT WAS ALL IN GERMAN. SO WE TRIED TO WATCH IT AND WE COULDN'T. I WOULD LIKE TO SEND IT BACK BUT DON'T KNOW HOW. PLEASE INFORM. THANK YOU.Published 1 month ago by Penny J. Peterson
I thought the book was much better than the movie, the movie was way off the mark. Can't believe I paid to watch it.Published 2 months ago by papa
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